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RFID Applications and Use Cases in Health Care

Here are the major ways in which radio frequency identification technologies are being deployed at hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and other facilities.
By Mark Roberti

Monitoring Hand-Hygiene Compliance
Hospital's Hand-Hygiene Rate Doubles With RTLS Technology
Hospital Deploys RFID to Boost Hand-Washing Compliance
Technologies Solutions Group Markets RFID Hand-Hygiene Compliance System

Tracking Patients and Matching Services to Them
Hospital Uses RFID for Surgical Patients
Chicago Hospital Deployment Delivers a Healthy ROI

Tracking Blood Used for Transfusions
RFID Tracks Blood at Australia's Liverpool Hospital
RFID Tracks Blood for Pediatric Transfusions

Tracking Shelf Life
RFID Enables Use of Non-synthetic Cleaner by Tracking Expirations

Garment Tracking
Tagsys-Dreamydress Solution Tracks Garments in Hundreds of Nursing Homes
RFID Tidies Up Distribution of Hospital Scrubs

Novel Applications
RFID to Track Dentures at Nursing Homes
Electronic Underpants Help Caregivers Cope With Incontinence
RFID Helps Secure Dignity for Senior Community Residents
RFID Fills Security Gap at Psychiatric Ward
RTLS Offers Novel Approach to Dementia Research
RFID Gives Dementia Patients Their Freedom

Operating Room Applications
I recently wrote about some of the common applications in this area (see How Is RFID Being Used in Hospital Operating Rooms?). As you can see, there are many applications and use cases for RFID in health care, and numerous hospitals have employed the technology for one or more of them. Few have implemented RFID for more than three or four, however, so there are many benefits still to be had.

Mark Roberti is the founder and editor of RFID Journal.

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